AAAD 130: Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies

The course tracks the contours of life, societies, cultures, and history in the Atlantic African Diaspora from origins in Atlantic Africa to the present. Emphasis on forces that have created African American and African Diaspora peoples in North America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Required Texts:

  • Gomez, Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora – New Approaches to African History, 2004. ISBN: 978-0521001359
  • White, Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South, revised edition, 1999. ISBN: 978-0393314816
  • Du Bois, Douglass, and Washington, Three African-American Classics: Up from Slavery, The Souls of Black Folk, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, 2007. ISBN: 978-0486457574
  • Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1st edition, 2006. ISBN: 978-0061120060

Other Requirements:

  • Students are required to view several films to supplement the course readings. Films can be accessed from a number of sources, including public and university libraries, as well as commercial renting services.

View a sample course syllabus.

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